How it all started – part 3

In about 3 months from now, our venture will be hitting the 3 years milestone. 
And we are still growing. Every staff has experienced growth. 
As time passed, our first batch of interns finished their internship with us. 

We are very thankful to the pioneering batch from USJ-R. (University of San-Jose Recolletos).
The first batch to complete their internship were Angelo, Barbs and Bryan.
They worked as designer interns and we learned a lot from them, especially in After Effects.
They finished their internship around June 2017.

Shortly after the first batch completed their internship with us, the 2nd batch, also from USJ-R finished. 
The 2nd batch were Christine and Trina, and they pioneered our project tracking.
They did our bug, test and feature request documentations.
They finished their internship around mid August 2017.

Below are pictures of the first and second batch interns, completing their internship with us.

 

PS. Barbs got absorbed and is now working full time with us.
He is one of our most creative designers right now.

3rd batch of interns were Daniel and Bea, also from USJ-R, they were awesome developers. 
Complimenting each other as front and back end  web developers.

4th batch of interns were Kobe, Manuel and Alliza, they were from DMC College Foundation.
Both Manuel and Kobe were excellent coders. they learned laravel prior to starting their internship, and were very skilled when they finished.
Alliza also was an excellent QA intern, assisting Michelle and the developers with their task documentation and testing.

The 3rd and 4th batch finished their internships on December 2017.

Below are pictures of the third and fourth batch interns, completing their internship with us.

 

And the 5th batch of interns are from Professional Academy of the Philippines
The new interns from PAP are Mcfloat, Stephen and Krislyn.
There are also 2 interns from USJ-R in this batch, one of which is Christine (her 2nd internship with us). And the other is Charlyn.
Another intern is Junrey, from Salazar Colleges of Science Institute and Technology (SCSIT).
Mcfloat and Stephen are our laravel interns.
Christine, Chrislyn and Charlyn are our QA interns.
And Junrey is our lone designer intern right now.

We also have a new full time laravel developer, John Wick. (Don’t kill his dog or you will regret it)

How it all started – part 2

After our first year of operations in the Philippines, we are now ready for growth again.

After getting comfortable in our new office, we added a new department along with a new project.
Walah! The developers team was born!
Initially composed of Goks, Punx and Umar, we started the development of whitebelt.co

But then Goks and Punx left, and we are left with Umar. And so we got Olem and JK.
We also have a permanent cook now, Ate Yang2.
We also had to expand to a bigger office and we got the adjacent room next door. (Door R).

July 2016, new lockers were added to accommodate more staff’s laptops

 

2016 November team building activity. We went bowling at SM seaside.

 

2016 December team dinner at Casa Verde

 

At December 2016, Gram visited for the 2nd time and we played beer pong with the team.

Gram’s 2nd visit, picture taken inside door S

 

Gram’s 2nd visit, picture taken outside door S. Playing beer pong with Gram before his flight next day.

 

Gram’s 2nd visit, Umar beating Gram in the beer pong championship game

 

Gram’s 2nd visit, picture taken at door R

Even though Angelo was working with us full time since the beginning, he did his CIT internship with us on 2016. Technically he is the first intern we had, and got absorbed. Now he is our mobile developer.
At the start of our 2017, we started accepting interns from other schools. First interns we got are from University of San Jose Recolletos, my Alma matter.

We got Bryan, a few days later, Barbs and Angelo(another Angelo) started their internship with us also.
All 3 worked as designer interns, processing videos using adobe after effects.

We also hired our first internal QA Michelle by the month of February.

Visible in the picture, closest to the camera is Angelo, the new intern and Barbs. To the right of Barbs is Michelle, and behind her is Bryan.

 

Door R, the kitchen, and the pantry. 1 room is for the cook and the other room used as an office for the designers and their interns.

 

Designers meeting. Michelle is the QA for the designers, and new faces are Barbs and Angelo which are designer interns.

 

Designers room at door R. housing Brocs and 2 interns, Angelo and Barbs.

In April, Barbs, Angelo and Bryan are finishing their internship hours with us. We added 2 new interns, this time for the web development QAs.
New interns were Trina and Christine. And for the summer time intern, we have Amiel, who work as the new designer intern.

2017 new QA interns in action, Christine and Trina
2017 Brocs Brithday, in yellow is Amiel, our new summer intern
Angelo and Barbs interns with Brocs and Prince in the Door R designers room
Developers and QAs in the door S unit

Late in April, we had our 2nd major team building activity at Villa Mara, Minglanilla Cebu.

This concludes our 2 years of operation. Part 3 will be posted soon with updates starting from May 2017 up until recent day of 2018.

How it all started

It all began when Gram found my profile in staff.com and offered me a video editing job. I was looking for an online job back then and this is where it all began.
A few weeks after Gram was happy with the output I provided, we expanded and my wife joined me in the this job.
Another few weeks past, we got another person, my younger brother Angelo.

Angelo, Aila and me enjoy working at night when my kids are asleep. We used to work from the living room of our small house.

Just after a month after working with Gram, we needed to grow again and so came Prince.
From video editing, we  also started doing e-learning and then had to hire again, and so Brocs came along.
Just 1 month before we were going to be 1 yr in operation, Gram visited us.
His visit was for a project training and we are looking to expand to a bigger space for future growth.

Gram’s visit to train us for an upcoming project.

We found a space nearby our original home-office. It’s a 40 sqm apartment that we will be using starting to use our 1st year of operations.

Our first visit to the office space we currently use up until today. This is the first unit, door S. With Brocs, Gram, me and Prince.
After Gram left for Australia again, we resume our operations in the home office for a month before moving in to the new office.

Moving in to the new office, we needed to add more tables, chairs, laptops, appliances and new office staff.
First day of moving in to the office was also the first day of work for Tibor.

New Office 2016

New office chairs and locker

Additional locker and cabinets

Fridge with food and beer

Additional office chairs

Brocs chilling in the back of the office

First day at the new office with Tibor starting his first day as well

New switches and monitors

This concludes our 1st year of operations in Philippines.
This is the next chapter of this growth. How it all started – part 2

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